With the heat we are now facing, I thought it would be a good idea to refresh our knowledge with respect to heat exhaustion, heat stroke and dehydration. It is so important to keep a close eye on our loved ones, young or old, to ensure that they are comfortable and hydrated.
These conditions are especially worrisome in the elderly. In terms of heat exposure, their body temperature gauges become less reliable with age. They can heat up very quickly not realizing that they have entered “dangerous territory”. Likewise with dehydration, the elderly’s sense of thirst decreases with age and they may not realize that they have become parched enough to become seriously dehydrated.
At David York Agency, we always remind our home health aides to keep clients cool and well hydrated with water or other beverages as well as to pay a close eye for any signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion, heat stroke and dehydration.
I hope you find this quick summary handy and timely. Please feel free to forward this to anyone you feel would be interested and keep sending your feedback and suggestions.
Anita Kamiel, M.P.S., R.N.
David York Agency, Ltd.
Director of Patient Services
Anita Kamiel, R.N, M.P.S. is the founder and owner of David York Home Healthcare Agency and is fully acquainted with all factors related to eldercare services and the latest guidelines for seniors. She holds advanced degrees in gerontological administration and has experience in the field as a Nursing Supervisor in a nursing home. Anita has been in the business of home care for over 40 years starting out in a NYC Medicaid agency. Thirty years ago she realized the need for affordable, quality home health aide services provided and supervised by caring individuals, so she boldly opened David York Home Healthcare Agency in Brooklyn, New York. She is the mother of 4 and the grandmother of many and when she is not on adventures like safaris in Africa, she still works 6 days a week and runs to her workout classes 3 of those nights. You can contact her at 718.376.7755 or at www.davidyorkagency.com where she is happy to share her experience and help you through your home healthcare issues.